Monday, February 16, 2015

Song of the Week: Anyone Who Knows What Love Is

"Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)" by Irma Thomas has gotten some new life recently thanks to Black Mirror, the anthology show airing on England's Channel 4.  Inspired by shows like The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, and The Outer Limits, Black Mirror examines the less pleasant side of human nature and how it can be exacerbated by technology.

This week's song has been used in two episodes: primarily in the second episode "15 Million Merits" and it gets a reprise in "White Christmas" (which is one of my favorites). "15 Million Merits" is not just a good story, but a remarkable feat of film making. The first 10-15 minutes of the episode manage to convey all the rules of the world and how our characters interact with it with a lot of visuals, but only a handful of lines of dialogue.

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